This is my 1,981st movie review
Thanks to Vinnie for recommending this film to me!
Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Feb 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Movie version of the myth of Persius who must fight two Titans in order to save his future bride.
My Take on it – This is a movie that was probably much better when it came out then when one watches it now.
It came out before all of the “modern” epics which do similar things as are done here but on a grander scale.
The special effects of this movie were praised at the time, but watching it now, the stop motion animation seems so bad compared to what we have today in FX moviemaking.
None of the characters are built up enough and therefore they all seem very distant to us, which makes it harder to connect to them or even sympathize with them.
I have heard the phrase “Release the Kraken” so many times over the years and had no clue til now what they were referring to.
Ultimately, this is just a generic swords and sandals movie.
Bottom Line – Special effects were considered to be spectacular for the time, but seem quite dated and archaic now. The story moves along generically and its hard to really get a feel for any of the characters. I now know where the iconic phrase comes from. Pretty average swords and sandals kind of movie.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before Harry Hamlin was considered for the role of Perseus, other runner-ups for the role were Malcolm McDowell, Michael York, and Richard Chamberlain. Bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger (who was fairly unknown at the time, but would find greater success with Conan the Barbarian (1982) the next year) was briefly considered for the role, but producer Charles H. Schneer felt that, with the exception of Hercules, Greek heroes were athletic, but not overly muscular, and relied more on cunning than strength. He also felt that casting a very muscular actor was a cliché, hearkening back to the cheesy Italian sword and sandal films made in the 1950s and 1960s.(From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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